Villa Vets set for charity match

MARK Kinsella may or may not register as a player with Daventry Town this season but the new manager will make at least one active appearance at Communications Park on Sunday, August 7, writes Mike Tebbitt.

The 48 times-capped Republic of Ireland international played 21 times for Aston Villa between 2002 and 2004 and will turn out for the Villa Veterans who make their third appearance in Daventry next month.

Villa’s former players’ association has been taken over by ex-European Cup star Ken McNaught who will play in the heart of defence alongside Shaun Teale in a squad to be managed by Chris Nichol.

Footballer turned commentator Stan Collymore is also expected to put in an appearance as will Steve Staunton, European Cup winner and Villa legend Tony Morley.

Since 1960 the Villa Vets have raised more than £4 million for charity, playing 25 games a year all over the world as well as hosting golf days, greyhound racing nights and fundraising dinners.

Charities to benefit from this year’s match in Daventry on August 7 will be the Acorns Children’s Hospice and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

The match kicks-off at 2pm with adult spectators paying £3 and U16s £1.50.

Communications Park will also play host to Liverpool Vets who come to Daventry on Sunday, September 4.

Roy Evans will manage a Reds’ team which could include John Aldridge, Mark Wright, Michael Thomas, Rob Jones, Jason McAteer and Alan Kennedy to name but a few.

In the more immediate future new-look Daventry Town play the first of seven pre-season friendlies against Southern League Premier Division outfit Banbury United at The Stadium tonight.

In his capacity as Daventry Town manager, Kinsella will put on display a hastily-assembled squad following the close-season departures of many of the players who took the club to the Central Division play-offs final at Hitchin in early May.

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